Appearance: Opaque black with no visible carbonation. Forms a dark tan, foamy/frothy head. Decent retention but poor lacing.
Smell: Slightly milder than your average stout. Sweet, milk and dairy aromas. Hints of roasted barley.
Taste: Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout is not an amazing beer, but it’s a fun one to drink. Brewers use oatmeal mostly as a sweetener and for smooth texture and it’s clearly worked well here. It begins with overt sweetness, almost to the point of a chocolate milk or cola. Mild bitterness through the middle and back end with roasted malt and coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness. The sweetness returns at the end even strong than it began. It finishes perhaps a tad too clean with just a hint of burnt toast flavor and residual dairy taste.
Mouthfeel: Almost full-bodied in terms of consistent flavor, but medium in terms of thickness. Silky smooth with a fine carbonation fizz.
Drinkability: It’s beers like Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout that remind me that the definitely is a difference between stouts brewed with oatmeal and those without. The sweeter taste and very comfortable, soft mouthfeel and silky smooth finish make it quaffable. The 5.9% ABV is right-on in terms of flavor energy and overall weight. It’s quite versatile as it would make a good dessert beer or a session brew for the more experience stout drinker.